How do you guarantee a defeat in an election? Be sure to put up an MIC candidate. And just for added assurance, send Samy Vellu along to go campaign for the candidate.
Poor Samy. So sad. His candidate, who had the audacity to refer to himself as Malaysia’s Obama, got a rude awakening. How pathetic indeed.
Now this is how bad things have really gotten for the MIC. Samy Vellu puts up his ‘worthy candidate’ in Bukit Selambau – a party insider – who has to take on a newcomer from the opposition; and that too, a newcomer who from the very start, was a controversial pick. And the MIC still loses!
One thing is clear - the MIC has received a resounding response for what it has been doing to re-brand itself, clean-up its image, and to woo back the voters. Maybe Samy’s ‘MIC communication team’ will come along in the next day or two and tell us what a wonderful success their campaign at Bukit Selambau has been! Yes, we will probably even be told the MIC is determined to clean-up its act and will continue to make progress as it has done over the past year.
We heard about how much progress the MIC has made in each of the by-elections since March 2008. Permatang Pauh, Kuala Terengganu, and now especially in Bukit Selambau. Each time the MIC and Samy Vellu made a big deal about the in-roads they have made in re-assuring and winning back the Indian voters. And the fact that Samy Vellu was campaigning intensely in Bukit Selambau made it abundantly clear that things had to turn around for the MIC.
I guess the voters told Samy what they think about his re-branded MIC. All I can hope for is that the MIC continues doing exactly what it has been doing. Continue to deny that Indians are marginalised; continue to just focus on doling out funds to Tamil schools hoping this will suffice; continue to insult the intelligence of the Indian voter; continue to make sure your organisation is infested with scandals; continue to stick around as president…. Continue as you are, MIC…and the voter will continue to see exactly what you’re all about.